In Response to Daily Mail

An article was published by the Daily Mail regarding Leeds City Council’s new name and gender change procedure which, as mentioned in the article, TransLeeds helped implement. The tone of the article is as you would expect from the Daily Mail and was inaccurate.

Transgender people have always been able to self-declare their gender with council services. This is nothing new and is true across the country. This new system implemented by Leeds City Council streamlines the process and better protects sensitive information. Previously a trans person would have to change their name and gender with each department individually.

Trans people already had access to changing rooms and toilets guaranteed under the Equality Act 2010. This form is so that people can have their correct name and gender on documents relating to council services such as library cards and council tax bills.

We’re pleased to have worked with Leeds City Council to introduce this form which will make the process of changing name and gender with the Council much easier for trans people in Leeds. TransLeeds will support any organisation seeking to introduce similar policies.

TransLeeds was not the organiser of the protest against Jenni Murray. We stood alongside other trans, queer, feminist and arts organisations to oppose bigotry in our city.

Volunteer Positions Available At TransLeeds

Engagement Officer – Volunteer

The primary role of the engagement officer is to facilitate our regular support groups. They will also have a lead role in providing peer support to the community.

All TransLeeds staff are encouraged to participate in social events when they are able.

Primary duties

  • Facilitating the Main Support Group and the Mid Month Support Group
  • Providing online support, and face to face, where necessary.
  • To plan, deliver and assess the impact of support groups, ensuring that a quality service is provided to all service users.
  • To schedule and help in the delivery of social activities, while developing further concepts with group engagement.
  • Engage in TransLeeds staff meetings

Skills

  • The ideal candidate will have experience participating in, or facilitating, similar support groups.
  • You will have excellent communication, listening and social skills.
  • You will have awareness of the diversity of the trans community and working with people from many backgrounds and varying needs.
  • You will have experience dealing with crises and conflict within a group environment.
  • You will have an excellent understanding of :
    ◦ safeguarding
    ◦ professional bounderies
    ◦ Confidentiality
  • An enhanced DBS is required for this position. If you don’t currently have one, we will apply for one for you.

To apply, please send an email detailing how you would be suitable for the role to coordinator@transleeds.lgbt

Closing date for applications:28th February 2019

Social Media Officer – Volunteer

The Social Media Officer is responsible for all of TransLeeds social media accounts. Presently that is primarily Facebook and Twitter and so experience using these platforms is essential. They will be first point of contact for anyone contacting TransLeeds through social media both publically and through private message.

Primary Duties

  • Keeping TransLeeds social media presence updated with latest news and relevant info.
  • Expanding TransLeeds’ social media presence
  • Promptly responding to messages through social media
  • Liaising with other staff members
  • Attending staff meetings

Skills

  • Confidentiality – Sensitive information may be communicated through these channels and so a strong understanding of confidentiality is required.
  • Communication – Our social media accounts receive messages from both service users and organisations and it will be your responsibility to communicate with them and/or forward them to the relevant staff.
  • Facebook and Twitter – These are the two main platforms we currently use and so having experience with them will help. If you have experience running Facebook pages or accounts similar to TransLeeds then that’s even better!
  • Other Social Media Platforms – We would like to expand our reach through social media and so will be looking into setting up social media accounts on other platforms.

To apply, please send an email detailing how you would be suitable for the role to coordinator@transleeds.lgbt

Closing date for applications:28th February 2019

What’s Wrong With “Woman : Adult Human Female”?

Anti-trans hate groups in the UK have been rallying around the slogan “Woman : Adult Human Female”. It all began in 2018 when the government began its consultation into reforming the Gender Recognition Act. Seems simple, right? It’s just the definition of the word Woman from Google. But it’s being used in a most sinister way.

To understand the intention behind the slogan, we need to talk about the Gender Recognition Act.

What is the Gender Recognition Act?

The Gender Recognition Act was first brought into law in 2004. At the time it was groudbreaking. It’s purpose was to allow trans people to correct the gender on their birth certificates. That is essentially all it was for. In terms of legal protection of trans people, the Equalities Act is far more important.

So it was great at the time, but that was 15 years ago, and society’s understanding of trans identities has come a long way. In hindsight, law makers are beginning to realise that the system that was put in place for trans people to update their birth certificate is convoluted, expensive, ineffective, and not fit for purpose. Countries all over the world have put in place far better systems and the UK has been left in their dust. We were once trailblazers, but now we just want to catch up.

What is being proposed for the new Gender Recognition Act is to allow trans people to update their gender on their birth certificates by something similar to a statutory declaration, which will streamline the process and remove one of the humiliating layers of gate-keeping that’s involved in many people’s transition.

There are other things we would like changed. At the moment there is no legal recognition of non-binary people at all, so we would like that to be included. By the government’s survey of LGBT people last year, over 7000 of the 14,000 trans respondents identify as non-binary. If the new Gender Recognition Act doesn’t include non-binary people, then it is falling very very short of its purpose.

It’s important to note that binary trans people can already update all their other identification, including passports, driver’s license, and even NHS records without the need of the Gender Recognition Act. It is only birth certificates where the GRA applies.

Why Do Anti-Trans Hate Groups Hate The GRA?

Really, they just hate trans women. And only trans women. Trans men and non-binary people are very rarely mentioned by them.

They believe that being a woman is entirely about their reproductive ability. This is a concept known as bioessentialism.  They believe that woman are oppressed due to their genital configuration.

This is a really bizarre concept coming from groups who like to think of themselves as feminists. Reducing what it means to be a woman down to genitalia isn’t feminism; it’s misogyny. Plain and simple. We are so much more than walking wombs.

What brings all women together under feminism is our struggle against misogyny in a patriarchal society. Reproductive rights are a part of that, certainly, but by no means is that the only struggle we have.

Anyway, they don’t want trans women to have any legal recognition or protection at all, let alone what little recognition we have at present. They would rather the Gender Recognition Act be scrapped than for trans women to have even the slightest improvement in their quality of life. Even at the cost of all other trans people.

They make false claims that the reform of the Gender Recognition Act will allow trans women into women only spaces like public toilets and women’s refuges. However, these rights are afforded to trans people by the Equalities Act 2010 which has nothing to do with the GRA. It’s just transphobic fear-mongering similar to the moral panic of the 80s against gay people.

Ok, So What Were You Saying About That Slogan?

“Woman : Adult Human Female”

It seems so innocuous. But think about the intent of it. The message the hate groups are trying to put across is that to be a woman, your sex must be female. There is a distinction between gender and sex. It’s kinda messy, since the idea of “biological sex” isn’t as black and white as many people believe. To put it simply, sex is what you are assigned at birth based on a quick glance between your legs, gender is what you are. Maybe you are a man, and you were correctly assumed to be male at birth. Then you’re a cisgender man. But if you are a woman, and the doctor miscategorized you as male at birth, then you are a transgender woman.

It’s messy. I agree. And that’s one reason why the slogan is so often misconstrued as a positive message. Many people would say trans women are adult human females so this is a message of inclusion.

No.

Their message is very clear, both in their writings and at their demonstrations. They refer to trans women and “male-bodied people” who are “performing femininity”. They believe very strongly that trans women can not be women and to accept them as such puts women, and the concept of womanhood at risk. This is the message behind their slogan.

Going back to the Gender Recognition Act briefly, many countries in the world already have a system in place similar to the one we want for the UK. Ireland, our closest neighbor, has allowed trans people to self declare their gender since 2015 and all the apocalyptic prophecies of the hate groups have failed to materialise. Society has carried on, except trans people can now correct their gender a little bit easier.

So again, remember the intent of their message! Someone could say “Nice glasses!” which sounds like a lovely compliment, but no, those glasses are terrible and you are being cruelly mocked for them.

We’ve Been Nominated In The Owlies LGBT Awards

The shortlist for the Owlies LGBT Awards has been announced and the final round of voting is now open!

TransLeeds has been nominated for best Organisation and best Social Group!

Our coordinator, Natasha Handley, has been nominated for best Organisation Worker!

Trans Pride Leeds has been nominated for best event as well as our favourite queer night Dyke Chambers!

Thank you so much for nominating us. You can show your support by voting before 31st January 2019 and please spread the word! <3

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TheOwlieShortlist2018/

The Leeds Binder Library Is Back!

Hello everyone!

We are so so excited to say that gc2b have sent us 34 binders!! We want to say a massive thank you to gc2b and announce that our binder library now holds binders in every size so if anyone needs one to swap or simply to have do let us know.

Again a massive thank you to gc2b!

Reform of the Gender Recognition Act : Response and Guidance

Olivia Thomas, Outreach Officer, TransLeeds

Link to the consultation website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act-2004

Various organisations have offered guidance on filling out the consultation. I mainly used the Stonewall and NUS guides.

Link to Stonewall Guidance:
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/gender-recognition-act

Link to NUS Guidance:
https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resources/gra-consultation-guidance-england-and-wales

Section 1 – Your Details

This should be self explanatory. Fill in some brief details about yourself or the organisation you represent. You have to provide an email address to fill in the consultation.

 

Questions 1 and 2 – Experiences of Trans Respondents

Question 1: If you are a trans person, have you previously applied, or are you currently applying, for a Gender Recognition Certificate?

No

If yes, please tell us about your experience of the process. If no, please tell us why you have not applied?:

The current process for applying for a GRC is demeaning, expensive and fails to recognise non-binary people or children. I refuse to submit my gender for adjudication by an anonymous panel. I refuse to submit to a process that doesn’t recognise my non-binary siblings. I refuse to submit to a process that requires psychiatric medical reports in order for my gender to be recognised.

Question 2: If you are a trans person, please tell us what having Gender Recognition Certificate means, or would mean, to you.

Having a gender recognition certificate would mean that my gender is legally recognised. It would alter my day to day life very little as all of my documents – passport, driving licence – accurately state my gender. However it would allow my gender to be updated on my birth certificate and allow my gender to be accurately recognised should I marry in the future.

Questions 3 and 4 – Medical Reports

Question 3: Do you think there should be a requirement in the future for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria?

No

Please explain the reasons for your answer.:

Not all trans people have gender dysphoria, seek treatment for it or are able to get a diagnosis from a recognised clinician. Requiring a diagnosis prevents these people from having their gender legally recognised.

Question 4: Do you also think there should be a requirement for a report detailing treatment received?

No

Please explain the reasons for your answer.:

The medical reports are often difficult or expensive to acquire. For people who have transitioned long ago, transitioned whilst living abroad, or who transitioned without seeking NHS treatment the medical reports may be impossible to attain. Requiring medical reports prevents these people accessing a GRC. Some trans people may not be able to have certain medical treatments due to other health conditions. Some may opt not to undergo certain treatments. There should be no discrimination for people who do not receive medical treatments. The detail of any treatment received should be irrelevant for recognising a person’s gender.

Question 5 – Evidence

Question 5: (A) Do you agree that an applicant should have to provide evidence that they have lived in their acquired gender for a period of time before applying?

No

Please explain the reasons for your answer. :

It may not be possible for trans people to provide evidence of having lived as our acquired gender. Due to discrimination at home or at work some people may not have been able to live in their acquired gender before applying. There is no set criteria for what living as your acquired gender means – especially for non-binary people – so how can it be judged. There is no way to prove a persons gender by how they live. Requiring this would introduce an unnecessary level of gatekeeping into the system.

Documentation such as utility bills or payslips may be hard to obtain from people living in shared accommodation, from young people or those who are out of work. Requiring documentation excludes people from applying especially those people who suffer from financial hardship or live in insecure housing.

(B) If you answered yes to (A), do you think the current evidential options are appropriate, or could they be amended?:

Not Answered

(D) If you answered no to (A), should there be a period of reflection between making the application and being awarded a Gender Recognition Certificate?:

No there should be no period of reflection. Trans people have typically spent much time thinking about coming out and considering the ramifications of doing this. There is no need to subject us to a further delay in the process. There is no delay for reflection when trans people change our gender on passports or driving licences, why should there be one for changing the gender on our birth certificate?

Question 6 – Statutory Declaration

Question 6: (A) Do you think this requirement should be retained, regardless of what other changes are made to the gender recognition system?

No

Please explain the reasons for your answer.:

Statutory declarations carry criminal penalties for fraudulent use. This could hypotetically be used to maliciously prosecute trans people for not “living as their acquired gender.” Even if such prosecutions were very unlikely to happen the implicit threat of criminal prosecution might put trans people off applying. Having a statutory declaration may also limit people from applying for multiple GRCs for example if they originally apply as a binary trans person and later want to apply again as non-binary.

The criminal penalties of statutory declarations are unlikely to put off fraudulent applications but are likely to put off genuine trans applicants.

(C) If you answered no to (A), do you think there should be any other type of safeguard to show seriousness of intent?:

No. Why is there a need for safeguards simply to change the legal gender on a birth certificate? People who are intending to commit crimes by fraudulently changing their gender would not be put off by signing a statutory declaration and in many cases would not need to. Therefore providing additional safeguards offers no protection against fraudulent applications and merely serves to put in place additional barriers to trans people. A simple statement of intent, similar to a deed poll name change should be sufficient.

Question 7 – Spousal Consent

Question 7: The Government is keen to understand more about the spousal consent provisions for married persons in the Gender Recognition Act. Do you agree with the current provisions?

No

Please explain the reasons for your answer. If you think the provisions should change, how do you think they should be altered?:

Requiring spousal consent gives a spouse control over their partner. If a spouse is unhappy with a partner changing their legal gender then they should file for divorce. They should not have the power to prevent a trans person from having their gender legally recognised.

The spousal veto should be removed completely as anything which allows other people to interfere in a trans person having their gender recognised is discrimination.

Question 8 – The Cost of Legal Gender Recognition

Question 8: (A) Do you think the fee should be removed from the process of applying for legal gender recognition?

Yes

(C) What other financial costs do trans individuals face when applying for a gender recognition certificate and what is the impact of these costs?:

There are costs associated with accessing medical reports which are not provided for free by the NHS gender identity clinics. There are costs for solicitors in order to sign the statutory declaration. There are costs associated with collecting the evidence to prove that you have lived in your acquired gender. In total these can add up to several hundred pounds which many trans people are unable to afford.

Question 9 – Privacy and Disclosure of Information (Section 22)

Question 9: Do you think the privacy and disclosure of information provisions in section 22 of the Gender Recognition Act are adequate?

No

If no, how do you think it should be changed? :

Whilst no change in the wording of section 22 is needed there needs to be much more emphasis on upholding the provisions in section 22. Far too many trans people are asked by employers to show their GRC and there have been few prosecutions for breaching section 22. Understanding and enforcement of section 22 provisions needs to be undertaken.

Questions 10 and 11 Impact of Legal Gender Recognition Process (Protected Characteristics)

Question 10: If you are someone who either has, or would want to undergo legal gender transition, and you have one or more of the protected characteristics, which protected characteristics apply to you? You may tick more than one box.

Tick any protected characteristics you have here. Everyone has the characteristic of “age”. It is important to tick this for the answer below.

Please give us more information about how your protected characteristic has affected your views on the GRC application process.:

Currently the GRC application process is not available to under 18s. If I was under 18 today then I would want to change my legal gender. The GRC process should be made available to under 18s.

Question 11: Is there anything you want to tell us about how the current process of applying for a GRC affects those who have a protected characteristic?

Enter your answer below.:

Under 18s are not able to have their gender legally recognised under the current system. 16 and 17 year olds should be able to have their gender recognised under the same process as adults. Under 16s should be able to have their gender recognised with the consent of a parent or guardian.

Disabled people may have problems with the overly bureaucratic process or with accessing medical treatment or evidence. These requirements should be removed to enable disabled people to more easily have their gender legally recognised.

Introduction to Wider Considerations of Impact (Equality Act)

This series of questions appear to have been inserted into the consultation to appease transphobic groups concerned about trans women accessing women’s spaces. Our right to access such spaces is guaranteed under the Equality Act and is not dependent on having a gender recognition certificate. There are no proposed changes to the Equality Act as part of the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act.

Question 12 – Impact on Sport (Equality Act)

Question 12: Do you think that the participation of trans people in sport, as governed by the Equality Act 2010, will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

Question 13 – Impact on Single-sex and Separate-sex Service (Equality Act)

Question 13: (A) Do you think that the operation of the single-sex and separate-sex service exceptions in relation to gender reassignment in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

(B) If you provide a single or separate sex service, do you feel confident in interpreting the Equality Act 2010 with regard to these exemptions?

Answer this question if you are respnding on behalf of an organisation that provides single or separate sex services.

(C) If you are a trans person who has experienced domestic abuse or sexual assault, were you able to access support?

If you are a trans person please give details here of any difficulties accessing support.

Question 14 – Impact on Occupational Requirements (Equality Act)

Question 14: Do you think that the operation of the occupational requirement exception in relation to gender reassignment in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

Question 15 – Impact on Communal Accomodation (Equality Act)

Question 15: Do you think that the operation of the communal accommodation exception in relation to gender reassignment in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

Question 16 – Impact on the Armed Forces (Equality Act)

Question 16: Do you think that the operation of the armed forces exception as it relates to trans people in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

Question 17 – Impact on Authorising or Solemnising Marriages (Equality Act)

Question 17: Do you think that the operation of the marriage exception as it relates to trans people in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

Question 18 – Impact on Insurance Operation (Equality Act)

Question 18: Do you think that the operation of the insurance exception as it relates to trans people in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act?

No

Please give reasons for your answer.:

The Equality Act is separate from the GRA and will not change. Trans peoples’ rights under the Equality Act are not dependent on having a GRC.

Question 19 – Impact on Other Public Services (beyond the Equality Act)

Question 19: Do you think that changes to the Gender Recognition Act will impact on areas of law and public services other than the Equality Act 2010?

Yes

Please give reasons for your answer. :

Legally recognising non-binary people would require changes to other areas of law. Such changes should be made with respect to achieving equality for non-binary and binary trans people alike.

Question 20 – Non-binary Gender Identities

Question 20: Do you think that there need to be changes to the Gender Recognition Act to accommodate individuals who identify as non-binary?

Yes

If you would like to, please expand more upon your answer.:

Many people already identify as non-binary and increasing numbers are coming out as non-binary. Non-binary genders should be accepted under the law on an equal basis as men and women. It is therefore important that the GRA provides an option for legal recognition for non-binary people.

Question 21: Experiences of Intersex Respondents

Question 21: (A) Do you have a variation in your sex characteristics?

No

(C) What other changes do you think are necessary to the GRA in order to benefit intersex people? :

Intersex people should be able to access a GRC on the same terms as trans people, without the need for medical reports or restrictive evidential requirements

Question 22 – Any further comments?

Question 22: Do you have any further comments about the Gender Recognition Act 2004?

Yes

If you answered yes, please add your comments.:

Reform of the GRA must recognise non-binary people. It must recognise under 18s. It must remove medical and other evidential requirements. To not do so would make any reform unfit for purpose.

Consent for publishing your response

Can we publish your response?

Publish my response in anonymised form only

TransLeeds Rating System

The TransLeeds Rating System is used to objectively assess how trans inclusive a venue or organisation is and identifies areas that can be improved.

Gender Neutral Facilities

Gender neutral facilities, such as toilets, are important to many in the community.  For non binary people especially this is an important issue, but even for binary trans people, gender neutral facilities remove the fear of being accused of using “the wrong one”.  It is also beneficial to families.

Also, if your organisation records gender or titles, are they inclusive of non binary people? (eg Mx title and gender options besides male and female)

 The venue has gendered facilities and does not have gender neutral titles (eg Mx) or supports more than two genders
 The venue has gender neutral facilities available or supports gender neutral titles and more than two genders
 The venue has gender neutral facilities throughout and supports gender neutral titles and more than two genders

Trans Inclusion Policy

Although it is great when trans people are mentioned in an organisation’s equality policies, it is so much better to have a dedicated inclusion policy for trans people.  A dedicated trans inclusion policy can go into detail about the process of updating personal information, support for trans employees, safeguarding, confidentiality, and medical leave.  Having a trans inclusion policy let’s your staff and customers know that you are a trans inclusive organisation.

 No trans inclusion policy
 Partial trans inclusion policy (may be within other policies)
 Dedicated trans inclusion policy

Equality & Diversity Monitoring

43% of employers in the UK are unsure if they would hire a transgender person.  33% think they are less likely to hire a transgender person. Only 8% believe trans people should have equal rights in employment. ( https://www.crosslandsolicitors.com/site/cases/transgender-discrimination-in-UK-workplaces ).

It is vital that employers keep records of the number of trans people applying for jobs, and how many are hired.

 Does not record transgender people in equality and diversity data
 Records transgender equality and diversity data

Trans Awareness Training

Are your workers aware of transgender issues and know how to be respectful? It is surprising how often people don’t know the difference between a trans man and a trans woman, or might know nothing at all about non binary people. Only 8% of employers in the UK say trans people should have equal rights in employment, despite this being included in the Equalities Act since 2010.

At this point in time trans awareness training is essential so that trans people can be confident that they will be welcomed, respected and supported by your organisation.

TransLeeds runs a monthly Trans Awareness Workshop in Leeds that is open to every one. We can also provide in house training tailored to your organisation’s needs.

 Does not have trans awareness training.
 Has trans awareness training included in other training material, or training is available but not facilitated by a specialist group, or a proportion of staff have trans awareness training.
 Trans awareness training is provided to all staff by a specialist group or organisation.

Friend of the Community

Organisation that have gone above and beyond in supporting the trans community in Leeds. They may be consistently outspoken in support of trans people, organise events for the trans community, or support the work of transgender charities.

 No data or rating
 Friend of the Community
 Hero of the Community

Transgender Community Made History at Leeds LGBT Pride 2018

Historically the transgender community has been the ugly step sibling at Pride festivals.

We have been pushed to one side and kept, essentially, out of sight and out of mind of most of the revellers.

We have been made to feel unsafe and unwelcome at an event that is supposed to uplift and empower us.

It has been a long and harrowing experience for a community whose ancestors were instrumental in the creation of the modern LGBT+ rights movement.

And then, earlier this month, something radical happened.

On Sunday the 5th of August, two leaders from the trans and non-binary community were invited to speak in front of 12,000 people. The crowd cheered and shouted and held fists high for diversity and unity and strength in a moment of solidarity with an oft maligned group.

On Sunday the 5th of August, four transgender organisations were invited to lead the parade from the very front and they did. More than 400 marchers made their presence known in the most boisterous of ways; with flags and with voices and with their very bodies. It was an act of demonstration as much as it was a celebration, a flagrant and necessary reminder of trans people’s presence and importance after the events of London Pride (where the parade was hijacked by anti-trans campaigners).

We reached the end of the parade route at Lower Briggate, the main party destination for the LGBT+ community in Leeds, and as I looked back over the people who had marched with us I saw something I had never seen before.

The street was filled with flags and banners and handmade, hand-painted signs declaring the trans communities presence and importance. Some banners were professional, some scathing, some funny, but all of them were telling people the same thing: We are here, we will not be silent, we will be noticed. For a day, we were.

It is impossible to think that anyone could have come to watch that parade and not seen us in all our strength and numbers and not know, at least for the minutes that it took us to pass them, that the trans community has a strength and determination they may not have imagined.

However, if someone looked at reporting of the event, they would be surprised to learn we had marched at all. No video of the parade and no article about the day mentioned our block or our speakers or the solidarity we shared with the rest of the LGB+ community for a few glorious hours. This was a historic moment for us, as a community and as a city.

To have the weight of that be ignored in any reporting of the day is almost as hurtful as if it had never happened at all.

Sophia Thomas (She/Her) Director of TransLeeds

Trans Pride Leeds

As integral as trans people have been in advancing LGBT rights, we are still an often overlooked minority and trans rights have have lagged decades behind. After Leeds LGBT Pride 2017, many in the community felt that trans people needed better visibility than what had previously been achieved at LGBT+ events.

Trans Pride Leeds began in 2018 as a joint effort between TransLeeds and Nonbinary Leeds, and was the first ever Trans Pride in the North of England.

Trans Day of Visiblility on 31st March was chosen as a fitting occasion to build it around. A series of core events were arranged over the Easter bank holiday weekend with independent events hosted by the community during the week before and after.